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The author of the book: Dan O'Brien
ISBN: 0684803690
ISBN 13: 9780684803692
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.43 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.5
Edition: Touchstone
Date of issue: September 23rd 1997

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After slogging through the first twenty-five pages describing the actions of a hunter (who also happens to be the main character)using live pigeons as bait to lure and capture wild birds of prey who in turn will be used to hunt other wild creatures for the entertainment of the sportsman, I knew I was going to have a problem with this story, and I was not disappointed. I am not against hunting, but this is a particularly cruel form of the sport. Throughout the novel there are numerous instances of this same 'wildlife enthusiast' sacrificing live rodents and small birds to his captive raptors, during which he seems to derive a sadistic pleasure from watching the carnage that ensues. Apparently, in the mind of this author and his preservationist 'hero', some forms of wildlife are more deserving of compassion than others. Granted, animal cruelty sells books, as does violence against women and pedophilia, but that doesn't make it any easier to take. The hero goes on to fight against the development of his favorite hunting gounds, Brendan Prairie, into a huge community of condominiums, which is the crux of a plot involving the murder of a real estate developer and a poignant love story between the hero and a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Service investigating the murder. The overall message of the novel is a plea for the preservation of wildlife and the habitat that sustains it, which I applaud, but I fail to see how exchanging one form of exploitation for another is helping anything. To give credit where it is due, the novel is well-written, with some beautiful descriptions of the scenery in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota, and a suspenseful plot.

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Ebook Brendan Prairie read Online! Dan O'Brien was born Daniel Hosler O'Brien in Findlay Ohio on November 23, 1947. He attended Findlay High School and graduated in 1966. He went to Michigan Technological University to play football and graduated with a BS degree in Math and Business from Findlay College in 1970 where he was the chairman of the first campus Earth Day. He earned an MA in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 1973 where he studied under Frederick Manfred. He earned an MFA from Bowling Green University (of Ohio) in 1974, worked as a biologist and wrote for a few years before entering the PhD program at Denver University. When he won the prestigious Iowa Short Fiction in 1986 he gave up academics except for occasional short term teaching jobs. O'Brien continued to write and work as an endangered species biologist for the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks and later the Peregrine Fund. In the late 1990s he began to change his small cattle ranch in South Dakota to a buffalo ranch. In 2001 he founded Wild Idea Buffalo Company and Sustainable Harvest Alliance to produce large landscape, grass fed and field harvest buffalo to supply high quality and sustainable buffalo meat to people interested in human health and the health of the American Great Plains. He now raises buffalo and lives on the Cheyenne River Ranch in western South Dakota with his wife Jill. Dan O'Brien is the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Grants for fiction, A Bush Foundation Award for writing, a Spur Award, two Wrangler Awards from the National cowboy Hall of Fame, and an honorary PhD from the University of South Dakota. His books have been translated into seven foreign languages and his essays, reviews, and short stories have been published in many periodicals including, Redbook, New York Times Magazine, FYI. New York Times Book Review.

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